Another night and another loss for the Winnipeg Jets as their march to another spring of watching playoff hockey on their televisions has moved from a brisk walk to a full-out sprint.
The Jets are plunging and the talk should now be about how far they can sink in order to garner a better selection slot at this summer’s NHL draft.
The Jets have just two wins in their last 11 games after falling 2-1 to the Dallas Stars on Monday night. Not exactly the marketing department’s dreams of selling a slogan such as "a push to the playoffs."
The playoffs are a myth. A mirage. Not happening. Next-year time is upon us.
Winnipeg is now seven points back of the Phoenix Coyotes and the final wild-card berth with just nine games left on their schedule. Math, and maybe no one or nothing else, says the Jets can still reach the post-season.
The Jets generated very little offence on this night with a lineup missing a number of key players including rookie centre Mark Scheifele and captain Andrew Ladd.
Dallas was able to capitalize on a pair of power plays with veteran Ray Whitney scoring in the first period and then budding superstar Tyler Seguin getting his 32nd of the season.
The Stars had slipped a bit of late but with the return of No. 1 goalie Kari Lehtonen have now won two in a row and appear to be back in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The Jets, on the other hand, have gone cold at entirely the wrong time. Winnipeg made a nice push under coach Paul Maurice, winning 11 of his first 15 games on the job, but have now slid to 13-9-4 under the new boss and 32-32-9 on the season overall.